Cherry Beach was donated to Chikaming Township by the Warren Family in 1922. Today the Township has a unique opportunity to purchase and preserve a beautiful, undeveloped parcel of land immediately adjacent to Cherry Beach. The Cherry Beach Committee, a grassroots group of concerned citizens, is helping the Township raise funds and public awareness. This acquisition would protect nearly 3 acres of woods and increase the Park’s current lakefront by more than 2.5 times, from 253 feet to 657 feet. We have 7 miles of lakefront in Chikaming Township. Only 2% is public. This acquisition will protect this land from private development forever.
The seller is asking more than $4 million. The Township has applied for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant (MNRTF) that, if awarded, will supply 75% of the purchase price. The final sale price will be determined by appraisals paid for by the MNRTF. To qualify for the grant, we must raise the remaining 25% of the purchase price (or approximately $1 million) with private donations identified through pledges and other grants no later than October 1, 2018.
We are well on our way to success. A $250,000 dollar for dollar challenge grant has been awarded by The Carls Foundation through the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC). A $50,000 challenge grant has been awarded by the Upton Foundation. Several other grants have been applied for through The Berrien Community Foundation. The grants alone won’t get us to the 25% match so we seek personal contributions as well. We need your financial support.
Please join our grassroots efforts by pledging support to The Cherry Beach Undevelopment Fund. Help make this beautiful dream a reality.